Is Your Bad Breath a Sign of a Bigger Problem?

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Everyone now and again deals with bad breath. It may be someone else’s bad breath or it may be yours, but everyone deals with it. Sometimes, it is easy to identify the problem. Your bad breath, or halitosis may be the result of what you had for lunch. It might be from using tobacco, or from not brushing and flossing correctly. Believe it or not, your bad breath may be caused by not eating, since it can be a side effect of dieting. But there are other causes that might need the attention of your dentist, or even your physician.

For example, your bad breath may be caused by a condition known as dry mouth, which occurs when your body does not produce enough saliva. You can work with your dentist to combat this problem by drinking more water, using sugarless candy or gum, with a prescription medication or through the use of artificial saliva. Other causes may be a respiratory infection, a problem with your sinuses, stomach problems or issues with your kidneys or liver. If you can’t readily identify your diet or your habits as a cause of your halitosis, you should see your dentist, who may want to consult with your primary physician. Of course, you need to continue to brush twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste, and floss at least once a day. In many cases, basic oral hygiene can do a great deal to address halitosis.

If you are concerned about chronic halitosis, or if you would just like to schedule a routine cleaning an exam, then you should make time to meet our dentist, Dr. Eseoghene Okugbaye at Alvarado Family Dentistry in Alvarado, Texas. If you would like to make an appointment, call 888-635-6401 today. We look forward to seeing you soon!